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Why Eating Dairy Is Simply Heartless

Published on September 4, 2010 by   ·   24 Comments Pin It
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After watching a buncha kids chow down on cheese slices yesterday in the Park, we thought we’d reiterate a few reasons why feeding our children dairy is just absolutely disgusting – from a place of health, a place of compassion, and a place of basic human decency.

We’d like to acknowledge all the wonderful mothers out there, both human and animal. In particular and as a bit of a contrast, though, we’d like to highlight the plight of mother cows (via the always articulate Mary Max of Kind Green Planet.)

For a seemingly innocent glass of milk, chunk of cheese, container of yogurt, cheap hamburger, and white veal, female cows are forced to be mothers. That is, they are constantly impregnated so they will produce milk. (I bet you thought, like I used to, that they just naturally provide a never-ending supply!)

There are many problems with this, but I’ll mention just a few:

-Why should any female, human or non-human, be forced to be a baby-making machine? This is feminism 101!

-Once the mother cow gives birth, her baby is stolen from her. Could you imagine if this were done to a cat after birthing kittens or a dog after birthing puppies? Mother cows bellow for days looking for their babies.

-To add insult to injury, mother cows are then “hooked up” and milked. It’s cold and painful, not warm and nurturing as it would be if she were able to be with her young.

-Female cows endure this cycle for years until they are finally turned into cheap hamburger.

A few words about the stolen babies:

-Female calves never feel the warmth and love of their mothers as they are kept in a separate area, first raised on formula and then fed some sort of cheap feed until they are “ready” to be added to the baby-making/milk-producing system.

-Male calves are sent to veal farms where they are kept tethered in cramped, filthy, cold crates, and fed an anemic diet. Could you imagine this being done to a kitten or puppy? And all for the sake of “succulent white veal.”

Humans do not need to consume dairy to be healthy.

It actually makes us less healthy because the saturated fat clogs our arteries, and the acidic nature of its protein aggravates osteoporosis. Calcium can be found in many plant foods such as sesame seeds, leafy greens, and fortified juices and cereals. Contrary to popular opinion, protein can be found in all plant foods, but especially in beans, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, and seitan.

Finally, we are the only species that drinks the milk from another species! I think we would find it bizarre if a giraffe drank the milk of a rhinoceros or a zebra drank the milk of a pig. Cows’ milk is meant for baby cows, not us! We have our mothers’ milk for a while and then that should be it. So, if you do consume dairy or eat hamburger or veal, please keep this in mind and perhaps choose to honor mother cows by not eating those things.

Farm Sanctuary recently uncovered the abusive conditions at a dairy farm.

Here is some of that footage.   Please watch it – then open your hearts to change;

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Readers Comments (24)

  1. Kylie says:

    Thanks for getting this information out on the internet :) You guys are the best, truly. Everyone should go Vegan, it’s just better!

  2. god says:

    veganism is great in theory.

    problem is, once you start narrowing your sites on one set of ethics (ie animal rights) you lose the holistic picture.

    somebody who eats meat and dairy from places where human workers are paid decent wagers versus somebody who eats tofu from producers of soybeans who pay their workers very poorly is arguably “more ethical.”

    there are a dozen other comparable examples.

    i’m not saying not to keep animal protein out of your diet, i’m just saying that if you want to boast how caring and earth-nurturing you are, you might want to consider both economics and ecosystems, humans and non-humans, energetics and other factors into your dietary and consumptive lifestyle.

    one could easily make the case for the suffering of cows and the “stealing” (really, stealing?) of their calves as much less important than a countless number of causes of suffering to the human species, which would easily make the case that the entire notion of animal rights is an insult to human rights.

    if non humans are inherently more important than human beings, why don’t we just legislate a mass suicide as a species and let the world work itself out?

    the picture is bigger than just meat, and diary, and animals.

    in the bigger picture, to be a bit more solution oriented instead of an intellectual bully, i will say that having a GENERAL subscription to more local, less animal protein, more organic, and human-health OVER non-human-health is probably the first step, and from there just keep reading and applying your knowledge to action – but not before you understand what you’re actually doing (or not doing).

  3. DJ Karma says:

    I couldn’t watch the video, because what you wrote already made me cry. I wish more people would look more deeply into where their food comes from – I think most of them would make more humane choices if they did.

  4. DJ Karma says:

    Another comment to commenter,”god” … human rights violations more important than animal rights violations? I think they are one in the same. One is not more atrocious than another. We are all animals with emotions, sensitivities, and above all, love. Yes, we are “stealing” calves from their mothers, if the mothers care enough to cry for them. More important issues to think about than this? It all starts with how we respect our earth, other animals, each other, and ourselves. That’s why I am vegan, and it’s not just in theory.

  5. themessenger says:

    There is nothing you can say about the effects of soy production on the ecosystem and economics that hasnt been said before, as pretty thin argument to the realities of the horrors that animals endure in the meat and dairy industry. I don’t consider someone who gets unfair wages to be in the same spectrum as an animal who spends its entire life suffering horribly for no other reason then to fill ones belly. And, the destruction that factory farms cause the environment far surpasses that of any soy production.

    There is no comparison, period. Not ethically, not ecologically, not in any way shape or form. Dairy is a brutal industry, and the torment that cows endure so you can have milk and cheese is unacceptable and barbaric.

  6. Bea Elliott says:

    Well done! The dairy industry works under shameful practices. More people need to be made aware of the operations within… The constant artificial insemination, the routine pregnancies, the heart break of separation between mother and baby – It’s all just unimaginable to consider as part of a “wholesome” food.

    There’s a very good reason humans and all mammals eventual develop permanent teeth. Adults who still consume dairy might want to question why they are still “unweaned” – Even from the milk belonging to another species! And most importantly why they are unweaned at the cost of so much suffering to innocent, docile cows?

    There simply is no justification with so many tasty, healthy and ethical alternatives.

  7. Luis Tovar says:

    You said: “we are the only species that drinks the milk from another species!”

    That statement is wrong. Watching a documentary on TV I saw an albatross drinking spilled milk from a female sea lion.

    Anyway, what others do is absolutely irrelevant to morally justify that we do the same thing.

    So, that argument is empirically false and logically irrelevant.

  8. veganelder says:

    Thanks for speaking out the cows and their children.

  9. Cynthia King says:

    Thanks Chloe and GGA for telling the truth.

    (@commenter #2)
    I am wondering why being paid a decent wage should excuse participation in inhumane practice? I don’t support abuse by well paid OR poorly paid people.
    Go Vegan – great in theory and practice!

  10. Lindsay Wolf says:

    What an amazing post! I couldn’t agree more!!

  11. Andrew Hunt says:

    Excellent post. And to the person who said “veganism is great in theory,” I say: It’s great in theory and it’s great in practice.

  12. frank coscione says:

    god your a babbling idiot . dairy farming is obviously a life belittling disgusting practice and humans dont need to do it to healthfully survive , end of debate . end that ugly behavior and move on to the next step of progress . but its not happening because moralless cowardly men are in power and only worried about their own ass and holding onto all the power theyve stole from honest people , theyve got to be depowered and this disgusting low life life style ended . and it will not only benefit the non human creature types , it’ll also benefit the human creature types with better health god you stupid babbling ass

  13. Samantha says:

    god, seek help.

  14. Rachel Kay-Platoni says:

    Wonderful Post, Chloe! Thanks for sharing. And thanks to Farm Sanctuary to making a video that spills the truth to the public!

    Go Vegan! Save Lives!

  15. Michael Yaeger says:

    While “god”‘s perspective is ridiculous to anyone who values animals as sentient beings, it is unfortunately a mainstream belief that human rights are more important than animal rights. This belief is at the the root of the exploitation animals suffer around the world. I think one of the animal rights movement’s biggest challenges and the key to ultimate success is to find a way to convince those people that human rights are NOT more important than animal rights. Until we can do this en masse, the movement will never succeed on a large scale. “god”‘s comments should remind us of why this movement still has so far to go.

  16. Good post, useful blog, thank you for your work, keep on, guys!

  17. Ann says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for almost two years and just became a vegan on January 1st of this year. I’ve never felt so good and eaten so healthily in my life! Practically every day for lunch I have a huge salad with various lettuces, red cabbage, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, garbanzo beans, roasted pine nuts or chopped raw pecans and a vegan dressing. I have fruit for my in-between-meals snacks. For dinner, I’ll have beans, grains and veggies like broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, etc. However, when I had to have my blood drawn last week so that the doctor could check my calcium and potassium levels I wondered what would turn up. I’m early menopausal and don’t take a calcium supplement. Well, the doctor said that my levels for both were wonderful – and my calcium level was better than most carnivore women who take supps. So, I think that if vegans research, learn about good nutrition and eat well, we can blow the fiction of not getting enough calcium without eating dairy out of the water.

    Regarding “god’s” comments: since I’ve given up meat I’ve been amazed at how a lot of (not all) carnivores get so defensive when they run across a vegetarian or vegan. I think it’s because somewhere, deep down inside, they know killing and abusing animals for their own selfish use, especially when there are other, tastier and healthier alternatives, is wrong. Why else would they get so defensive?

  18. Ann says:

    One other thing I forgot to mention in my comment, above – since I’ve become a vegan I’ve lost 15 pounds (and counting) without starving myself. Whoo hoo!

  19. Susan says:

    If I’m not mistaken, a huge portion of soy production goes toward feeding livestock used for dairy and meat. A vegan actually consumes less soy and vegetables than a meat-eater when you consider how much the animals that they are eating had to consume.

  20. Heidi says:

    See here’s what I think.
    I think, if raised and killed humanely, meat is okay every so often.
    If there weren’t any factory “farms”, the it’s be okay. If all of the animals were raised and nurtured properly, it’d be okay.
    But this^^^video opens my eyes to see what people do.
    How can someone work on a farm and do that to a poor animal?
    Do THEY want to be hooked up to a machine that gives them over-sized utters?
    I certainly don’t want to be dragged by my feet as soon as I’m born.
    I want this to stop.
    I want it t at least go down wayyyy more. It’s okay to eat meat. Fresh, humanely killed meat. Off of a REAL farm.

  21. Heidi says:

    *then it’d*

  22. Heidi says:

    I have to answer to Susan. A huge portion of soy DOES go to the animals.
    But so does a huge portion of meat and chemicals.
    They feed cows cows. And chickens chickens. And so on and so forth.

  23. Charlize says:

    Heidi:
    humanemyth.org
    “Humane” and “Free Range” is complete BS.
    Slaughter is innately violent.
    There is no USDA cap on what organic meat truly is. Murder is WRONG.

  24. mindy says:

    Regarding the comment from “god” (seriously, “god”??):
    I think that human rights are extremely important, and don’t narrow my veganism to only helping non-human animals. I think you’d find most vegans are acutely aware of and in opposition to human suffering as well as non-human suffering. However, arguing that we shouldn’t go vegan because there are “bigger” issues to tackle doesn’t make sense. You can be vegan and still be an advocate for workers’ rights. You can be vegan and still work on behalf of battered women or orphaned children or victims of torture, etc etc etc. The list goes on and on. Saying you can’t or won’t go vegan because you need to focus your time/energy on human issues is nonsense. That’s the beauty of veganism: you just decide to be vegan, and then you go on your merry way doing all kinds of wonderful deeds for humanity.




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